About the FCA

About

OUR MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the FCA is to advance the knowledge and appreciation of art and culture to all Canadians, offering education, exhibition and communication in the Visual Arts, and to support and promote emerging  to professional member artists.

WHO WE ARE

The Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA) was founded in 1941 professional working Canadian artists including the Group of Seven luminaries, Lawren Harris, Arthur Lismer, and A.Y. Jackson. The first National Executive Council was led by Andre Bieler, and Lawren Harris was the BC region’s first Chairman. Other notable founding members included Emily Carr and the Honorable Mark Kearley.

The FCA continues to operate as a registered charity with members throughout Canada and Chapters in Alberta and B.C.. The FCA is dedicated to raising artistic standards by stimulating participants to greater heights of knowledge and achievement by offering what is believed to be the first completely artists sponsored gallery in Canada.Currently the Federation is the only national-level visual arts organization that manages their own full-time art gallery.

The Federation Gallery is located on Granville Island, in the heart of Vancouver's art and culture community. Our gallery features twice-monthly juried exhibitions of works by emerging and Signature members as well as three juried international open shows held annually; Painting on the Edge, the Annual Internation Representation Show, and the Annual International Mail-in Art Exhibition.

The FCA also holds special collaborative exhibitions with other Canadian art societies. Hosting an extensive education program that is open to all artists, the FCA also provides workshops, classes, critiques and lectures in the fine arts media, with instruction by successful established artists who can help all artists to explore and develop their artistic interest and talent. Membership in the FCA is open to all who appreciate art.

We greatfully acknowledge the support of CHMC. Their subsidy of our gallery lease and management of Granville Island has made the operation of our gallery sustainable over the long term.